Taking on the World Transplant Games
This year, Martin Strang from the SBU Development team, has been selected for Team Great Britain to take part in the World Transplant Games being held in Newcastle in August.
Martin has previously taken part in the British Transplant Games in 2017, winning a gold medal for archery. He also won 2nd place at the Scottish Archery Indoor Disability Championships at St Andrews, competing against members of both the Invictus and Paralympic squads!
Martin explains why he chose archery: “I have complex medical conditions, and have been the recipient of a kidney and pancreas from an organ donation. I always wanted to do a sport, and archery seemed the right way to go as it builds up the top body muscles. I also do it to honour my organ donor, Toby. Because of him, I am here today. Every time I pick up my bow and shoot, it’s for Toby and his family. It goes to show that organ donation truly saves lives.”
Martin also took part in the British Transplant Games in 2018 which allowed him to qualify for the World Transplant Games this year.
With all competitors self-funded Martin is calling out for our support: “I am hoping that colleagues and supporters can either sponsor or assist in helping me obtain funding for the event. Each athlete is required to raise around £1,500 to £1,800, which goes towards the accommodation, entry fees, ceremonies, administration, and we need to buy our own kit which costs £196.96 (tracksuit, polo shirt, cap, tee shirt, shorts with Team GB emblazoned).”
After such a life changing experience, Martin is keen to raise awareness for organ donation, as well as raise contributions towards his great achievements. If you’d like to support Martin’s contribution in the Worlds Transplant Games, please visit Martin’s gofundme page. Read more about Martin’s preparation for the event.